Phillies blow out Blue Jays, even without their A-lineup, for 7th straight win – NBC Sports Philadelphia

They were without their three best right-handed hitters, they were facing the pitcher with the lowest ERA in all of baseball, and it still didn’t matter to the Phillies on Tuesday night.

They just eliminate teams.

The Phils won again, 10-1, for their seventh straight and 11th of 12.

They continue to take control from the start of matches. Bryce Harper scored the first run after singled in the bottom of the first and ran around the bases on Nick Castellanos’ double. Kody Clemens, using Harper’s bat, hit a two-run blast in the second inning to extend the lead.

“We just have too many good guys,” starting pitcher Cristopher Sanchez said. “The bench, everyone is fine. We have two formations on our team.”

The Phillies have outscored their opponents 45-10 in the first two innings of their last 20 games.

But they weren’t done against Jose Berrios, who entered with a 1.44 ERA. The Phillies scored five more times in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI triple by Clemens and a grand slam by Harper. Those were the only two hits of the inning as Berrios struck out Edmundo Sosa and Kyle Schwarber and walked Garrett Stubbs.

“We knew he was going to have a great year from the start,” Harper said. “That slider is his pitch. We just tried to get him off (the plate) and tried to stay on things that weren’t coming at us or getting away from us. We thought we had a very good plan.”

Over his last 18 games, Harper has hit .344/.481/.656 with six home runs, 21 RBIs, 18 walks and 16 strikeouts. The Phillies are 17-1 in these games.

Harper and Clemens competed in nine of the ten races. Clemens was recalled when Trea Turner was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring strain. He started at third base for Alec Bohm, who had an off night after his 18-game hitting streak was snapped Monday.

“He’s a stud,” Harper said of Clemens. “Every time he comes in here, it’s just another baseball player that comes in and plays the game. It’s fun to watch. He’s got professional hitters. So he can go up, down, up and make what he does, same state of mind.

“He had a great spring, he probably could have been on any team out of camp. He just got the short end of the stick, and then he comes in and does what he did in Cincinnati, and then tonight Just impressive. He comes from a professional family, so I think that helps too.”

Sanchez bounced back from two straight shaky starts, limiting the Blue Jays to one run in seven innings with five strikeouts and 12 ground outs. He threw 89 pitches in his seven innings and lowered his ERA to 3.22.

The Phillies had a plan in place after Sanchez to use Spencer Turnbull, who pitched two scoreless innings in his first appearance in the bullpen since his rookie year in 2018.

“Sanchy was phenomenal and effective,” said manager Rob Thomson. “Really, before the game we were kind of thinking five and then going to Bull, but he was so effective, so good that we kept extending him.”

Turnbull’s use out of the bullpen will depend on how long he spends those relief appearances, Thomson said. He won’t throw back-to-back games because he never has. Thomson said Tuesday he thinks Turnbull would need one day off to pitch one inning, two days off to pitch two innings and four full days between appearances if he relies on a starter and completes three or more rounds.

The Phillies and Blue Jays finish their two-game series Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. Aaron Nola (4-1, 3.32) faces veteran right-hander Chris Bassitt (2-5, 5.45). A win would give the Phils their fifth sweep in the last seven series.

Only six of the Phillies’ first 38 games are against NL East teams, but they have 10 in a row after Thursday’s off day, starting with three at Marlins Park.

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